Category: Education and Poetry

Blogs: Review Notes

Karl and I began our first site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, in December 2009. These years cover many life experiences – and now our common challenge with COVID-19. My goal remains the same: to offer hope and encouragement.

In 1987, I earned the Doctor of Education degree from Northern Illinois University. I am still in touch with professors and fellow students from those years. I worked hard. My strength was being able to integrate a lot of information – for example a large number of research studies in an area.

So I review my archives and create new posts. Recently, I realized these are the same skills in a new context. I link back to older posts. Good to share the poems readers seem to appreciate the most again, and I also think of new readers.

Sometimes I reread a poem and see more work is needed. I leave these old poems too. Hope some growth may be seen over time, perhaps encourage someone else. Thank you. Take good care.

These are two examples from Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

Poems: Wood

Short Poems: Hosta

I enjoy featuring all the seasons.
Ellen Grace Olinger

May 7, 2020

May 22, 2020

May 24, 2020

Garden Journal
Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl

Creative Update: Our 2020 series from The Psalms

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.

Psalm 67: 1 – 2

From the post for April 30, 2020

While I work on an index for our series from the Psalms this year, it occurred to me that highlighting the Months for the series in the Archives might be helpful. The Archives are filed under MENU.

I am grateful for all the artists who add so much color and beauty to the posts. The idea for the series is simple: a short selection from each Psalm and a picture. There are some other posts as well.

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

Vocabluary List 1 is a post from July 29, 2020.

“There are words and phrases from our Psalms series that stay with me, and that I hope to include in new poems, with references.”

Vocabulary List 2 is a post from August 7, 2020.

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October Poems

October goes by
one day at a time
lowering
storm windows
here and there

2013

soft grey sky
and waves to shore
autumn songs

2014

a small card
in a devotional book
from a thrift store

words of encouragement
from one person to another

I keep the card with the book
and its history today
and tomorrow

2017

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

LIBRARY

WestWard Quarterly
Fall 2018

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

Time of Singing poetry journal
Fall 2019

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2017.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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Series From The Psalms 2020

For new readers – and all who visit here – I thought it would be helpful to highlight our series from the Psalms this year.

The posts are short selections from the Psalms, with a picture. Over time, I hope to create a special page with links to all the posts in the series. I will let you know in a post when the page is complete and online.

For now, a few posts:

New Series From The Psalms – March 17, 2020

Psalm 1 – March 17, 2020

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1: 3

Psalm 67 – April 30, 2020

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.

Psalm 67: 1 – 2

Psalm 94 – May 25, 2020

In the multitude
of my thoughts within me
thy comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94: 19

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